In our fourth installment of our Headfirst Alumni Spotlight series, we are thrilled to highlight another remarkable scholar-athlete. Each of these alumni are or were high school student-athletes just like you: driven, goal-oriented and hearts set on pursuing the highest level of both softball and academics during their college career. We are exhilarated for each and every one of our alumni that have realized their goals and are continuing their career at the college level – and we hope their stories inspire and motivate you to pursue your own dreams.


MONIQUE BENJAMIN – P, Columbia Lions
School: Columbia, Class of 2022
Position: RHP
Honor Roll Camp Attended: Southern California, 2016

Bio: A rising senior at El Segundo High School in California, Monique continues what has been a stellar academic and athletic high school career. A three-year starter on the ESHS softball team and member of the National Honor Society, Monique’s hard work on and off the field has led to a commitment to continue her softball career at Columbia University.

Outside of her contributions to ESHS, Benjamin also lead her CA Firecrackers team to a PGF National Platinum Championship in 2016 and works as a pitching coach for young aspiring softball players in Segundo.

Once at Columbia, Monique hopes to pursue a career in the field of sports medicine and has already compiled a resume that would stack up to many college graduates’ – working two years as the Student Athletic Trainer for the ESHS football team and as Project Lead for ESHS’s Biomedical Engineering Pathway.

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